A Synopsis of the Beliefs of Westminster Presbyterian Church
Our system of doctrine is the Reformed faith which incorporates the most significant doctrines taught in the Bible. These doctrines are set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms (with accompanying biblical references). These doctrines are summarized in the following paragraphs.
1. We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God's truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
2. We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.
3. We believe that all people are lost in sin and totally unable to save themselves from God's displeasure, except by His mercy.
4. We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
5. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God's people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him. Those sinners whom the Spirit quickens, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become children of God, and will persevere to the end.
7. At death the Christian's soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever's soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.
8. Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
9. We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.